Jim Funnell

Studied performance and jazz composition at Berklee College of Music (Boston). In the United States, he has performed and recorded as a sideman with David Fiuczynski’s KiF (eastern-exotica-western-exstatica!) and a quartet lead by trumpeter Tiger Okoshi. Now based in Paris and London, he leads his own trio, Word Out, and co-leads a new Afro-jazz-funk project, AfuriKo, with percussionist Akiko Horii. Jim also collaborates with British reggae-electro musician Flox, and is active as a composer, arranger, and freelance educator.

A étudié le piano et la composition jazz au Berklee College of Music (Boston). Aux Etats-Unis, il a joué et enregistré en tant que sideman au sein du groupe KiF (exotisme oriental, extatique occidentale !) de David Fiuczynski ainsi que dans un quartet dirigé par le trompettiste Tiger Okoshi. Désormais basé à Paris et à Londres, il dirige son propre trio, Word Out, et co-dirige un nouveau projet Afro-jazz-funk, AfuriKo, avec la percussionniste Akiko Horii. Jim collabore également avec Flox, musicien reggae-électro britannique, et est actif en tant que compositeur, arrangeur, et professeur indépendant.

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”La subtilité mélodique du pianiste Jim Funnell [...] laisse présager d'un avenir des plus lumineux.” Version en ligne de Jazz Magazine

”Jim Funnell’s electric keyboard solo builds masterfully from a motive first introduced by Fuze into a kaleidoscope of shifting block chordal progressions.” Thomas R. Erdmann, jazzreview.com

”Jim Funnell executed a hugely energized solo on organ during “The Heathen” causing wild shouts of approval from the crowd.” Lucie Wicker, BostonLive.net Concert Review
Primary Instrument




Willing to teach



2007 - present
• freelance private instruction (piano, improvisation, music theory/composition, guitar)
2008 - 2009
• jazz piano and ensemble teacher, Conservatoire Municipal de Musique et de Danse (Mennecy, France)
2007 - 2008
• piano teacher (jazz and classical), Institut de Culture Musicale (Paris, France)

Clinic/Workshop Information

• jazz piano masterclass, Koyo Conservatory (Kobe, Japan)
• jazz masterclass (rhythm section), Euro Institute for Music and Arts (Hamrun, Malta)
• improvisation workshop, Conservatoire Municipal de Musique et de Danse (Mennecy, France)
• "Stylistic Interpretation" and "Musical Improvisation" workshops, Unidad Académica de Música de la UAZ (Zacatecas, México) & Escuela de Música aRtes Revueltas (Cholula, México)
• jazz piano masterclass, Foxborough High School (Foxborough, MA, USA)
• "Basic Musical Improvisation" workshop, Unidad Académica de Música de la UAZ (Zacatecas, México)
• latin music workshop, Booker T

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